Originally published in The Weekly Packet, July 12, 2018
Sedgwick Car Show roars into Blue Hill Fairgrounds
Chris Kravitt of Waltham shows his “Kit Car,” a replica of a 1929 Mercedes SSK. Kravitt says this car was designed to use a 1972 Ford Pinto engine.
by Franklin Brown
Seventy degree temperatures and a slight breeze provided the perfect weather for the 2018 Sedgwick Car Show, held at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 7. Spectators walked the fairgrounds to view well known and rare models of cars and trucks.
Vintage car owners and collectors came to display their antique cars, trucks and street rods. Some vehicles were custom built, others modified, and a few were replicas of a specific car model (kit cars). A few motorbikes also showed up.
The car show, organized by the Sedgwick Volunteer Fire Department, is now in its 17th year.
“It’s a good fund raiser,” firefighter Dick Doane said.
The money raised by the show will be used to help purchase equipment needed by the volunteer fire department, and for training, Doane said, explaining that gear for one firefighter can cost as much as $2,000. One important item, Doane said, is breathing apparatuses, which cost up to $850 and have to be replaced every 15 years. Doane also said that the department needs new hoses and other tools for a new fire engine the department recently purchased.
Sixteen sponsors purchased trophies for Saturdays show and 10 more sponsors purchased air time on local radio stations to promote the show, allowing all money made from the show to go towards equipment.
Everyone paid a fee to enter and each was given a ballot to vote in 17 categories, including Pre-1932 to the Present, Street Rods, Muscle Cars, Trucks and Foreign, just to name a few. Trophies for each of the categories were awarded at the end of the show which ran until 3 p.m.